Despite the recent snow here in Springfield, climate change is real. Next week, as part of Earth Week, the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois will be sponsoring a presentation by Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Her presentation, “Climate Change as a Civil and Human Rights Issue” will present evidence that people of color, low income communities, and women are more vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change.
The World Affairs Council of Central Illinois, the local chapter of the World Affairs Councils of America, was founded in 1986 by community members and faculty from Sangamon State University. The initial president was an SSU student, Mary Nolan. UIS Faculty and students are still heavily involved in bringing international leaders to discuss issues locally: Hilary Frost, Associate Professor of Global Studies, is currently Vice President. UIS continues to sponsor the Council, both as an Institutional Member and host for the meetings. There’s still time to sign up for next week’s meeting: for the dinner, contact Michael Plog at 217-793-2509 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in Brookens Auditorium is free and open to the public, part of the UIS Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Speaker Series.